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Forum Founder DanSmigrod private msg quote post Address this user
Matterport announced the following at Inman Connect San Francisco today (2 August 2016).

Your thoughts?

Best,

Dan

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Matterport Expands Virtual Reality Portfolio With Support of Google Cardboard

Immersive Media and VR Pioneer Also Integrates Outdoor Views and External Links to Provide Richer Property Information

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — August 2, 2016 — Immersive media technology company Matterport today announced new capabilities to its comprehensive system for creating, modifying, distributing, and navigating immersive 3D and virtual reality (VR) versions of real-world spaces. These include a new app (Matterport VR for Google Cardboard), outdoor capture and viewing capabilities (360° Views), and enhanced functionality for highlighting key features of a Space (enabling external links within Mattertag™ Content). The new capabilities will help people to more fully experience a property, anytime and from anywhere. The announcement was made today in conjunction with Matterport’s participation at Inman Connect. Inman Connect runs from August 2-5 in San Francisco, and Matterport can be found at Booth #4.

“Top brokerages and realtors are always looking for new ways to differentiate themselves, to win new listings and bring in qualified buyers,” said Bill Brown, CEO of Matterport. “These three new capabilities are important to help further set agents and brokerages apart from their competition, and are critical innovations in transforming how people buy and sell real estate.”

Matterport VR for Google Cardboard

Already available on Samsung Gear VR, Matterport Spaces can now also be viewed on Google Cardboard (for Android), Google’s low-cost VR platform for viewing VR applications. The combination of low cost and wide dissemination of Cardboard means that millions more individuals are able to view properties, in the form of Matterport Spaces, in VR.

Real estate professionals have been early adopters of VR, in order to market properties in the most immersive and realistic way. Buyers, local and remote, can quickly and efficiently experience a host of properties in one sitting, anytime, and from anywhere. Matterport VR for Google Cardboard is an inexpensive marketing tool for agents to differentiate themselves and wow sellers in what can be a very competitive marketplace. They can even send branded Cardboard viewers, with links to properties, to important clients.

360° Views Enables Outdoor Viewing

Furthermore, Matterport, historically known to provide the most immersive, realistic walkthroughs of interior spaces, now also captures and integrates outdoor views. With this addition, Matterport Spaces are now unequivocally the most complete way to experience any property online. “Visitors” can experience sweeping exterior views of the landscape in 360°, and then immerse themselves inside, in 3D or VR, to fully experience the interior of the property as if they were there.

360° Views adds an unprecedented five viewing options from a single camera. Spaces captured by the Matterport Pro Camera can now be viewed in VR, in 3D, in 360°, as a Dollhouse view and as a Floor Plan view. These options provide realtors with the means to give sellers and buyers the entire picture of a property – both inside and out.

Mattertag™ Content Enhancements for Highlighting Key Features & Upgrades

On top of these other advancements, Matterport has provided additional capabilities for highlighting key features and upgrades within a Space. Mattertag Posts, originally introduced in March 2016 to let realtors or sellers anchor a short title and text description anywhere within a Space, can now also include links to external Web sites, pdfs, or other Matterport Spaces. These links can provide immediate access to more information about a property or feature, helping to further engage and sell the buyer, and can even provide quick links to similar homes a buyer might be interested in.

Availability

Matterport VR for Cardboard is now available on Google Play, 360° Views will be available later this month, and links within Mattertag Posts will be available later in the quarter. Both of the latter features are upgrades that will automatically be available to all customers when they are released, via the Matterport Cloud.

About Matterport

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Matterport is an immersive media technology company that delivers an end-to-end system for creating, modifying, distributing, and navigating immersive 3D and virtual reality (VR) versions of real-world spaces on Web and mobile devices, as well as a Samsung Gear VR headset and Google Cardboard. The Matterport Pro Camera and Cloud Services make it quick and easy to turn real-world places into immersive virtual experiences. To learn more, visit matterport.com.
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HarlanHambright private msg quote post Address this user
The exterior capability description is vague. Can you elucidate?
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Forum Founder DanSmigrod private msg quote post Address this user
@HarlanHambright

Stay tuned!

Dan
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janci private msg quote post Address this user
Would love to see example of exterior view...
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Standard jward private msg quote post Address this user
A little perturbed I read about it on Inman first. I'm guessing the exterior view is a presentation of just the image capture. Thinking they take the IR/model-building out of the equation and just use the photos taken.

I'm excited about the linking, just hope that 2nd quarter doesn't get pushed back.
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Basic APN private msg quote post Address this user
When will the Matterport VR app be available for iPhones?
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Hopscotch private msg quote post Address this user
Dan, try to grab a demo of this and share it! Wondering how many outdoor sweeps can be taken per model...or if it is just to add a few key spheres to augment the model through the Mattertags.
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HarlanHambright private msg quote post Address this user
My prediction is that the 360 view will not link to the 3D model in the manner we'd like it to. I hope I'm wrong. Google Street View links just fine without 3D info. If this works, it's another game changer.
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Forum Founder DanSmigrod private msg quote post Address this user
@HarlanHambright

Matterport just announced that 360º Views will be implemented by the end of August 2016.

And, yes, no mention if the 360º Views will be ATTACHED to inside Views.

Dan
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ArchimedStudio private msg quote post Address this user
"Matterport VR for Google Cardboard is an inexpensive marketing tool"... the conversion still costs A LOT.
Even if MP changed their conversion rate, there is still a $250 flat fee, plus a cost per sq2. Way too much for small properties (and cheap realtors )

@GarySnyder is MP2VR compatible with Google Cardboard?

Matt
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3rd Party Service Metroplex360 private msg quote post Address this user
Yeah... How much does it cost to have a tour available for cardboard? Should be free as it's a turnkey conversion for them given they have the camera data format and smart programmers.
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Basic JC3DCX private msg quote post Address this user
VR is way exspensive for us in SA, take the $ and multiply by 14.... No one here will pay that for a VR model.
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janci private msg quote post Address this user
I think the stereoscopic VR tour will be still a paid premium service by Matterport, since it has to be more or less manually converted/remodeled. The geometry needs to be cleaned up, so that there's no "jaggedness" from the obj model

However, the non stereoscopic version, the 360º view cardboard tour, will be free. It requires no manual input if done by MP, and can be generated more or less automatically. Similar to the service that MP2VR is offering.

It should be noted that MP2VR is not stereoscopic.
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